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. ♪ see you here tomorrow. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." the six day air war between israel and hamas terrorist and gaza continued unabated while diplomat i canic talks continue in egypt, israel's leaders are preparing to take what they call operation pillar and defense. theyprominent netanyahuprime minister netanyahu and his cabinet deciding what to do. they said if israel was going to invade gaza, they would have done so already. after israel killed hamas' military commander in airstrike three israeli civilians have been killed and 70 wounded missile strikes that reached as far as tel aviv, 50 miles from gaza's northern border. but israel's iron dome defense system has knocked down hundreds of palestinian missiles, limiting casualties and damage. they have launched 1300 airstrikes against targets in gaza. 106 palestinians have been killed in the fighting. hospital officials say half of those killed were civilians. however, israeli officials say they believe the majority of those killed were militants for hamas or
d have a great weekend. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." it seems like all sweetness and light at the white house today as president obama began negotiations with congressional leaders to try and back the economy away from the so-called fiscal cliff. or use a less popular but more accurate term, to try to keep the year-end austerity bomb from exploding and raining sharp freely on the u.s. economy oh. >> obama: our challenge is to make sure that we're able to cooperate together, work together, find some common ground. my hope is that this is going to be the beginning of a fruitful process where we're able to come to an agreement that will reduce our deficit in a balanced way. >> eliot: once the meeting was over the congressional leaders all agreed that some sort of agreement was possible. democrats reid and pelosi were firm on the need to compromise and get things done quickly. >> we have the cornerstones of being able to work something out. we're both going to have to give up things that we know are a problem. >> we
'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." which side will blink first as the country heads towards the tax hikes and program cuts that make up the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama and senate democrats coming off a smashing re-election victory or speaker of the house john boehner and his tea party cohort determined to hold the line against higher tax rates on the well-to-right now both sides seem to be digging in. president obama used a campaign-style white house appearance today to declare that while he's willing to compromise with the republicans his bisque position has not changed. >> obama: as i said before, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. if we're serious about reducing the deficit we have to combine spending cuts with revenue that means asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more in taxes. on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. and that includes democrats independents, and a lot of republicans. >> eliot: mr. obama also said that he planned to meet with speaker of the house john boehner and other congressional leade
. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." tell me how this ends. that's the question for four-star general david petraeus who was asked frequently when he commanded the 101st airborne. now he's the form director of the central intelligence agency he's going to be asked that same question again. petraeus submitted his resignation after it was reported that he had an extramarital affair that began two months after he became c.i.a. director in 2011 and ended four months ago. his affair with paula broad broadwell became public after an investigation into an alleged cyberharassment. the fbi tried to determine if the e-mails with petraeus' account to broadwell had-exchanged through regular e-mail exchanges or had been hawked. fbi agents believe there were no criminal charge to be brought or security implications to the case. this despite that broadwell had some classified information and seemed to be releasing information on the benghazi attack. >> i don't know if a lot of you had heard this, but the c.i.a. had taken a couple of libyan militia
, everybody. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." the last employment report before tuesday's election is in. with something for both candidates to talk about. we're going to go over all the numbers in a moment with former labor secretary robert reich but first we'll update you on the ongoing recovery from hurricane sandy. after the better part of the week without heat, light and other necessities millions in the new york city are desperate for some relief. so a bit of good news. hundreds of thousands in manhattan could get power back by midnight tonight. yet around the region, many are waiting as long as four hours to buy gas. fortunately new york's subway commuter rails are coming back and officials say the gas shortage should ease by midweek. meanwhile, the annual new york marathon has been canceled. many said it would divert needed resources from the cleanup and it was insensitive to the millions still suffering from the effects of the storm. adding up the sandy's grim totals. at least 102 dead including 41 in new york alone. some 3.6 mil
, eliot spitzer host of "viewpoint" on current tv joins us as he does every wednesday morning. and here's the deal. here's the question. one final shot at general petraeus. if his e-mails were not secure, are yours? are mine? something to think about. privacy out the window. but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> on this wednesday some other headlines making news, the perk of being first lady. michelle obama is such a big fan of the hit pbs series abby that her office asked for an advance copy of the upcoming season of the program and got from the producer from the united kingdom. the show's third season is currently airing over there in great britain but it doesn't air here in the u.s. until january. the hill reports the producers were more than happy to send mrs. obama dvds of the current season so long as she would not spoil the episodes for the rest of the entire country. >> bill: you have to have friends over to the white house to watch it. >> it could start spreading. joe biden had a cool
community by buying locally? we'll get to all of that governor eliot spitzer will be l kaing in host of "viewpoint" here on current tv. likewise, film critic allison bails who i'm a big fan of, and she'll be talking about what are some good films that smart politically progressive minded people can go see, and what are some good movies you can take your family to see or escape from your family with. and scott backman will be on. >> i can't wait for that. >> john: yesterday we had dean on, and they do a show together. and scott takes the position where he is very pro israel but not a huge fan of their government. anthony popus will be calling in, and is wal-mart as bad for their employees as we have been lead to believe? we will find out. but first it's time for some "full court press." >> announcer: this is the "full court press." >> hey, how about some overhead lines -- >> john: i'm seconding bill tainted shell fish so i can come back again. >> excellent. pita wants to put an end to the turkey pardon ritual. it says it is an outdated ceremony that makes slight
." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." it's amazing what getting re-elected can do for a politician. even the president of the united states. it was a confident and combative president obama who strode to the white house lecturn today for his first press conference since winning his second term. at the top of his agenda, a first step towards saving the country's economy were dropping off the so-called fiscal cliff which one of our guest tonight more aptly calls the austerity bomb. >> pass a law right now that would prevent any tax hike whatsoever on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. we should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy. we should at least do what we agree on, and that's to keep the middle class taxes low. >> eliot: the president also emphasized what he would not do a sending time to make a tax deal with house republicans. >> obama: what i'm not going to do is to extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford and according to economists, will have the least positive impact on o
>> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." the holiday season is just around the corner and mitt romney must be feeling generous. having lost his race for the presidency romney may be leaving politics but not before leaving behind a present the democrats may enjoy for years to come. in a conversation with donors and fund-raisers wednesday romney blamed his defeat on "gifts" president obama gave to key democratic constituencies including young people, african-americans and hispanics. >> romney: what the president -- the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> eliot: romney claimed the president wooed young voters with free contraceptives and forgiveness of college loans. for hispanic voters, something special. >> romney: what the president did is he gave them two things. one, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the dream act a
you tomorrow. >> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." air war between hamas and israel has stretched into a seventh day. israeli forces fight to put an end to months of indiscriminate rocket attacks on israeli civilians. while a cease-fire was said to be eminent, it looks as though diplomacy and the fighting will continue for at least another day. this evening, secretary of state hillary clinton joined the parade of diplomats trying to end the crisis which so far has taken at least 130 palestinian and 5 israeli lives before talks began with israeli prime minister netanyahu secretary clinton defined america's bottom line for the crisis. >> it is essential to de-escalate the situation in gaza. the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. >> eliot: the secretary also said any short-term solution should lead to something more lasting. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and ad
a damn about science. "the young turks." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." on this show we prefer to call it the fiscal cliff or the austerity bomb. either way the country is just 34 days away from the mix of hundreds of billions of dollars with expireing tax cuts. the president called on voters though pressure congress for a deal that would freeze taxes for 911%98% of for american families. >> call members of congress, write them, e-mail, post it on their facebook wall. tweet it by using the hash tag "my 2 k." >> if the latest "washington post" "abc news" poll is correct, the 06% 60% said they supported, and oklahoma congressman tom cole told politico last night, i quote i think we ought to take the 98% deal right now. it doesn't mean that i agree with raising the top two i don't. but house speaker john boehner disagreed with that call. >> i told him that i disagreed with him. >> eliot: he seemed more interesting in attacking the president than finding common ground. >> as the speaker said we have done our part. we have pup revenue
tomorrow. >> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." the white house confronted republican leaders today with a new vision of how the country should navigate what we at "viewpoint" prefer to call the fiscal slope or austerity bomb. the white house proposal wasn't well received. treasury secretary timothy geithner met with house speaker john boehner and laid out a detailed list from president obama that includes $1.6 trillion in tax increase over ten years. more stimulus spending to boost the economy including home mortgage refinancing and the permanent end to congressional control over the debt ceiling. in return, president obama is offering republicans $400 billion in entitlement cuts over ten years. still to be negotiated. mr. obama also wants emergency unemployment benefits and a temporary payroll tax holiday extended along with the infrastructure spending and mortgage relief, the price tag for the president's stimulus bill could rise to $50 billion or more. after meeting with secretary geith
driving bonus check. are you in good hands? >> we go now to my friend eliot spitzer in new york who i know is covering the middle east tonight. it is a crisis that keeps going. eliot, tell us what's in store. >> eliot: it is unfortunately -- everybody thought there was a cease-fire ready to be announced. instead a couple of more days of war at least. p.j. crowley from the state department. ambassador ginsberg will tell us what's going on. who's winning losing, if there are any winners. robert reich talking about economics as always. a probably one of the smartest guys out there. congressman grijalva, can we do anything this congressional term. >> we're going to keep talking about climate change. sounds like a great show. >> eliot: i hope somebody listens. stop talking act! >> that's right. everybody should watch "viewpoint," listen to what eliot spitzer's got tonight. >> thank you michael. (vo) join the debate now. >>> i may be giving something away here but representative allen west has conceded. he's a lame duck
. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." presidential candidates fear an october surprise, a sudden unpredictable event that could up-end their campaigns. hurricane sandy has been that for the 2012 campaign. but the monster storm in its aftermath have been much more. a continuing november nightmare for millions of people across the eastern seaboard and especially in new york and new jersey. the devastation across the jersey shore is staggering. in some areas homeowners are only now being allowed to inspect the ruins of what had been their homes to try and salvage what they can. in hoboken across the hudson river from new york city, families trapped by sandy even today, are being rescued by units of the national guard. in new york, tens of thousands of commuters lined up for buses as most subway tunnels remain flooded. federal officials have already brought in a million meals and other emergency supplies to the city and more will be needed. the totals across the country in sandy's wake, at least 93 dead incl
analysis. i'm going to be joined by eliot spitzer and chenk uygur and june fugelsang plus much, much more. it is happening here inside the war room! up next, why don't we put joe biden and paul ryan in a room? we'll hand each of them a steel pipe and settle this election the old fashioned way. ok, maybe that's a bit much, but i really like our odds in that, but, our next guest would, as well and beau biden enters the war room, right after this break. fruit just got cooler. fruit on one side, cool on the other. new ice breakers duo. a fruity, cool way to break the ice. right by those who gave their lives to for this country nearly 70 years ago. >> it's my great honor to place into nomination for the office of vice president of the united states my father, my hero, joe biden. [ applause ] >> i move to mom night by action clammation, joe biden. >> well, that's beau biden nominating his dad for a second material. besides his day job as chief law enforcement officer in delaware, beau has been barn storming his way across the country traveling to nevada, wisconsin ohio i'm sure others in supp
. >> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." three weeks ago campaign season came to a conclusion. or so we thought. with the impending austerity bomb better known as the fiscal cliff, quickly approaching both sides seem to think of a way to push for the deal they want is to take their case to the american public. today, the white house announced the president will travel to a manufacturing facility in pennsylvania on friday for campaign-style event designed to boost public support for a package that includes tax rate increases for the wealthy. not to be outdone speaker boehner announced that house republicans would be making similar appearances across the country, going to small businesses to speak about the "threat to jobs posed by congressional democrats" small business tax hike. while members of congress plan to take their case to the american people, the afl-cio is planning to take the american people to members of congress sending 33 local union leaders to capitol hill to push members of c
. >> bill: eliot spitzer host of viewpoint on current tv coming up in the next hour here on the full court press and more of your calls. your emails, nancy says thanks, guys. we did our share but so many other people did a lot more. rita, please thank the people who stood in line for six hours and over. they made a difference. >> bill: absolutely. >> marry smith says congratulations to you and your staff on the prediction that we both had to president obama would be reelected. >> bill: in fact, we called it at 303 yesterday. thank you mary. >> richard says i know why romney was so successful in business and politics. he just doesn't stop pounding and pounding. pretty soon his opponents get so fired of this that they give it back to him. thank god the democratic party realized this and just kept pounding back. nobody pounded harder than barack obama or worked harder than barack obama. it's a great day to celebrate! let's do it together! victory! >> bill: we did it, yes indeed, good morning it's the morning after, wednesday november 7, welcome to the full court press on this big big day here
a great night. >> eliot: good evening. i'i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." bill maher will join me later in the program to discuss the absurdity that is politics and the way it's covered. many people are saying nothing is quite as absurd as the pandora's box opened by the fbi investigation into subsequent resignation of retired four star general david petraeus and it may have claimed another high-ranking military official, commander of the forces in afghanistan, john allen. florida socialite jill kelley complained about harassing e-mails and contacted a friend at the fbi. the account was found to have belonged to paula broadwell. she was given access to david petraeus. locate the was evidence of an affair between petraeus and miss broadwell. the information was leak and petraeus resigned. as more information trickled out, the story got crazier. the harassing e-mails revealed to be not so threatening. the investigation moved forward because of kel little's friendship with the fbi agent she contacted to com
spitzer." >>questions, of course, need to be answered. >>we will not settle for the easy answers. >> eliot: if last week was all about politics, and thankfully things turned oh out pretty well maybe this week we can put ideology and partisanship aside for a moment and apply a more objective scientific approach oh some of the tough issues we face. what do historical records and data suggest might be the better course for our nation to follow? specifically cha is the impact of increasing the top marginal tax rate on the rate of investment and job creation? if numbers could persuade me that raising that rate injured job creation, i would reconsider my belief that wealthy should pay more. but on the other hand, if the record established that raising the popular ginnal rate did not in any way injure investment, then those who have been answer alterably opposed should be forced to reconsider their views as well. we have research to answer tough policy questions. the reports are put through a process of rigorous analysis before they're released. the foment line of the crs report is this. i quote
of "viewpoint," and former new york governor eliot spitzer. welcome inside "the war room." >> i like being here. >> jennifer: i was just railing about the far-right republicans -- >> i heard you from miles away. >> jennifer: but despite the denial, john boehner gave this statement today to suggest that revenue could be a part of a grand bargain. >> yes, but -- there was classic boehner and cantor. it was quintessential republican double talk. we are now at the moment where you have got to put your cards on the table if you are going to get an agreement. it's now november. >> jennifer: but put their card on the table by saying we would consider revenue -- they said it's the rates they are concerned about -- >> so they have got to close loopholes. >> jennifer: yes, of course. >> so we're back to the same -- [overlapping speakers] >> jennifer: raising taxes, right? >> but which loophole -- >> jennifer: what will grove norquist say? >> as long as grover norquist matters, we won't have a deal. trying to understand the tea party psyche is like trying to get inside the mind
. and everybody agreed. eliot spitzer, he was quoted by saying how great it was a and chuck schumer one of the sponsors and even critics said this report shows they are spending far too much money on the and a chess so there was the widespread bipartisan end thought that played a very vague role. and a big difference between now and the response to the industrial revolution is people no government and they do not necessarily like it. americans like it less than bet native canadians with the british choosing and a chess as a symbol now i will refer you to another broke called the severed state by a woman who is a political scientist at cornell. what she argues there is a bipartisan deal to hide funding of state services the only way democrats could get state services funded was to farm out. the results is that americans don't recognize government does good things for them. >> the attitude toward the political rats in europe to the extent that you talk to those people do you have the same undercurrent of resentment the game the bear 10 plutocrats got it right? or are they more in my and?
spitzer of course has "viewpoint" next. eliot, i know you're going to cover the press conference. which part are you going to concentrate on. >> eliot: first and for most, the president was combative coming out throwing some punches, pushing back to the republicans with all the stuff about susan rice and ben bengahzi, but aren't you being tough on this guy who runs papa johns? don't we all need a moat around our house. >> cenk: hey, the workers. >> eliot: does he have alligators in the moat too. >> cenk: i know, it's crazy. we didn't cover susan rice on the show. so i'm looking forward to "viewpoint." >> eliot: what the crazy republicans are up to this time. we'll have a good time. >> cenk: sounds good. we'll see new a minute. >> eliot: thanks. people when i'm upset. they're doing this this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>that's an understatement, eliot. >> cenk: john core sign, a former senator from negligence lost $1.6 million. well, the house financial services sub committee on oversight looked into it and said yes, of course it's your fault. they took corzine t
: "viewpoint" with eliot spitzer is next, of course. eliott, how was your thanksgiving? >> eliot: it was great. i ate more than i should have, but then who doesn't on this holiday. that's what it's all about. >> cenk: oh, yeah, look at me. >> eliot: i was going to there cenk, but glad you came to that realization. >> cenk: all right, what do you have for us today. >> eliot: it's going to be the fiscal cliff with senator sanders and ken vogel has grover norquist's mythical hold on the republican party finally cracked and the trayvon martin and stand your ground laws. there has been work done and not surprisingly it's a bad law but governor rick scott of florida won't admit it. he whitewashes a bad law. >> cenk: really, rick scott not admitting to doing something wrong. >> eliot: shocking. >> cenk: looking forward to it. see you in a minute. ñ
] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is a special two-hour addition edition of "viewpoint." hurricane sandy may be heading to pennsylvania but the damage left in its wake has been devastating. devastating snowstorms in west virginia and high waves that brought shipments to a shop in lake michigan. the damage felt at the seaside communities and jersey shore and coastal areas in and around new york city. after two days of suspended animation, wall street was up and operating on generator power, but the rest of lower manhattan remains dark, and the city subways and commuter rails which bring millions to work etch day have just barely begun to return to service. with some tunnels still full of seawater the damage will not be repaired overnight. two days after sandy made landfall emergency officials report at least 63 dead, including as many as 30 in new york and eight in new jersey. 6 million homes and businesses in 17 states without power. including around 650,000 in new york city alone. and costs to the country's economy estimated between $10 billion and $20 billion and grow
[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." i'm coming to you tonight from the current tv studios in san francisco where tomorrow night i'll part of the current team coveraging election day 2012. we'll be live starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern time, 5:00 p.m. pacific with vice president.vice president al gore governor jennifer granholm and john fugelsang. but first with hours before the decision of president obama president obama is re-elected or mitt romney comes the president of the united states. >> rome campaigned in florida and ohio and new hampshire and announced plans for ohio tomorrow. presidential candidate rarely campaign on election day. maybe he's feeling a little anxious. nate silver gives obama an 88% chance for re-election leaving a meager 13% for election for mitt romney. 307 electoral college votes for obama leaving 230 for romney. and looking at the national and swing state polls as aggregated for real clear politics if the election were held today president obama would win the popular vote by a mere seven-tenths of an perce
of this tomorrow. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, and san francisco, california, and this is "viewpoint." this is a scene we've witnessed before and one we'll watch for four more years after a tumultuous campaign and one long night, the president along with his wife and daughter returned home to the white house this evening. the power of the presidency is making itself felt in other parts of dc where a fear of possible economic collapse is a recurring theme. speaker of the house john boehner seem interested in a compromise with democrats that could keep the country from plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff. while florida is still official officially too close to call even without its 29 collect 29 electoral college votes mr. obama won with a hefty 303 electoral votes but a mere 53% of the popular votes begging the question, was it a mandate or a draw. the president promised to reach out to leaders of both parties. speaker boehner appeared to be ready to take him up on his offer with hundreds of billions in tax hikes that could tank the economy, boehner staked
nine, aka eliot spitzer, the governor of new york and former cnn anchor. when investigators followed his money, it revealed he spent thousands as a regular client of a call girl. he, too, stepped down. >> i have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and that violates my or any sense of right and wrong. >> reporter: and now comes general petraeus. done in by a simple click of the mouse. >> e-mail traffic, it's amazing that e-mail is still being used in such a careless and reckless fashion, because it's just evidence against you. >> reporter: modern science can also play a role. remember president clinton and the dna discovered on a certain blue dress belonging to a white house intern, monica lewinsky. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman, miss lewinsky. >> reporter: if technology makes hiding an affair almost impossible, why do powerful people still think they get away with it? >> it's about narcissism and the will to power and people that strive that mightily and they start believing their own press. they start feeling omnipotent. >> reporter: of cour
it right yesterday. give it a shot. >> cenk: viewpoint with eliot spitzer is next. what do you have for us? >> we've got bill maher the always funny incisive brilliant guy who tell us why the republicans are still living in a bubble and if they can fight their way out plus bernie sanders who is going to explain how the president should negotiate if there is going to be a grand bargain. figuring out what's going on with general petraeus and having a. it's going to be a fun show. >> cenk: sounds great looking forward to it. see you then. when we come back, elbow of the day. (vo) now, it's your turn. (vo) connect with the young turks with cenk uygur. >> it's go time. >> cenk: you know, every day we ask to you guess the elbow of the day. sam got it right yesterday correctly predicting that it would be rowdy roddy piper the guy who suggested it in the first place. you're right. phenom classic 93, nicely done. today's elbow of the day bobby jindal. let's go to those quotes: >> cenk: those are harsh words for his own party. he's going to be head of the republican governor's association. he says:
. picking a fight would be like picking eliot spitzer for attorney general. picking a fight would be moving camp david to hawaii so the president could get in more beach time. picking susan rice for secretary of state if the president decides he wants to do that would not be picking a fight. it would be more, drawing a line in the sand. it would say starting now, starting day one of this second term, that i just won in a big national election that you lost, starting now we will fight about policy, we will fight about differences of opinion, we will fight about priorities, but we will not have anymore fights based on nonsense that the right made up to entertain itself. if we have a real beef, we will fight it out. but if it's made-up, that made-up stuff will no longer be entertained at the level of national policy. joining us now is bill bergman, a senior strategist for a pro-obama super pac. he previously served as the deputy press secretary for this president and for national press secretary for mr. obama's campaign in 2008. mr. burton, congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> you had a
: turns out it's viewpoint with eliot spitzer. what's going on on the program today. >> we've got a great program today. i'm glad i was listening to the last segment you did. feeding cenk is important. you don't want a hungry cenk out there. i'll remember that next time i'm near you, bring you something to feed you. we've got newly elected senator from north dakota, making history. it's great. we'll talk about immigration mitt romney's 50 theory about how the give away gift for barack obama, do you believe that, is that insane? >> cenk: i saw those romney quotes and i thought he was actually a worse guy than i thought. it was definitely tinged with racism, too. >> it's the 47% all the way back. we're talking about what's going on in the middle east, a lot of stuff to cover tonight. >> cenk: sounds great. we'll be right back with elbow of the day. >> i'll send you some food. >> cenk: all right, elbow today goes to one of my favorite people in the country. louis gohmert is one of the dumbest people let alone in congress, the whole nation. he goes into a meeting with other repub
[ ♪ music ♪ ] [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." when you bet on a horse race you wouldn't want the racing form to misrepresent how the horses have run in the last few races. the process is supposed to be data driven and free of bias. so why then were so many polls this election year so wrong about the outcome? before november 6th most polls gave president obama clear edge over mitt romney but some polls that seemed to lean republican throughout the race favored the g.o.p. candidate. so much so that romney and his campaign staff many national republicans and fox news s" predicted the rates correctly said too many polls made too many assumption abouts the people they were attempting to poll. >> just going with what the data said instead of making assumptions is usually best practice when doing scientific survey. >> eliot: i'm joining with mark, senior editor of the "huffington post." thanks for joining us. >> thank you formation me un. >> eliot: polling is more than picking up the phone, calling 12 random people and adding up who s
] >> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer and this is "viewpoint." will fiscal cliff jumpers drive the country off a financial brink and into a new year recession? does it matter if the parties can't come together and use a more fitting metaphor defuse the austerity bomb that threatens to explode the economy and could decades of republican orthodoxy on rejecting new revenues finally be coming to an end? with the senate in session for 36 days to go before hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts hikes and cuts take affect, white house press secretary repeated everything including entitlement programs would be part of the talkings. talks. meanwhile, many are turning their back on the pledge to grover norquist. >> times changed significantly and i care more about this country than i do about a 20-year-old pledge. >> i agree, a pledge signed 20 years ago is for that congress. >> i'm willing to generate revenue. it's fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table we're build historic averages. >> it does appear that speaker boehner is open to talk about revenue entitlement reform.
's real. i love it. see you tomorrow. >> eliot: good evening. i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." the pressure is on for president obama and congress to get together on a deal to keep the country from plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff and back into an economic recession. and the president is now scheduled to deliver a statement on those issues and comments from the east room of the white house tomorrow. without a deal on the fiscal cliff on the first day of the new year, the bush era tax cuts will expire, payroll tax cuts will expire. the alternative minimum tax will return for many taxpayers. $109 billion in spending cuts will take effect in the coming year and as a result of this according to a new study from the congressional budget office, unemployment could rise to more than 9% by the end of 2013. however, if all of the tax cuts were extended, gross domestic product would prize 3% while the economy added 3.4 million new jobs, all of which sounds great but a federal deficit would rise by $503 billion in 2013 and
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